Carlos Beltran admitted he's still not quite right at the plate, yet he had his most productive outing since returning from the disabled list nearly a month ago.
Just two days after Jerry Manuel said the centerfielder was not hitting at a major-league level, Beltran had a season-high three hits in three at-bats and drove in a run in yesterday's 4-0 win over Colorado. Playing shallower, he also made some nifty plays in the outfield to help preserve Johan Santana's shutout.
"I still feel like I'm battling at the plate," said Beltran, who was hitting .083 (2-for-24) over his previous seven games. "I don't really feel comfortable. I still feel like I'm fighting every single at-bat. But today the only difference, I'd say, were the good results. Every time you get good results you develop a little bit of confidence."
He drove in the second run of the game with a sacrifice fly, scoring Angel Pagan from third base to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.
"I think Carlos is just finally kind of getting caught up with a nice rhythm right now," Manuel said of Beltran, who was placed on waivers and went unclaimed Wednesday, according to several reports.
David Wright said he didn't mind getting the day off Thursday.
"I haven't been swinging it all that well, so it's good to take, more than anything, a mental day where I can just relax and just watch some good baseball. Which is what I got today," he said.
The third baseman is 2-for-33 (.061) in August.
Extra basesRod Barajas began his rehab assignment as the DH for the Gulf Coast League Mets . . . Righthanded reliever Sean Green was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo . . . Ruben Tejada, who went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, is hitting .078 (4-for-51) over his past 18 games.